2004 – Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candle Garden in Pretoria. His wallet is taken; his car and musical instruments are left untouched.
2004 – With three trophies, Universal Music artist Sam Roberts is the big winner at Canada’s Juno Awards, held at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The Montreal-based rocker wins each category in which he is nominated: top artist, album and rock album for “We Were Born in a Flame.”
2002 – The Calling guitarist Aaron Kamin suffers a severe electrical shock during soundcheck for a concert in Bangkok. Kamin is rushed to a local hospital and is released after being treated for burns to the hands.
2001 – Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the original lead vocalist and keyboard player of increasingly influential ’60s British band the Zombies, thrill a London audience with a two-part show at the Jazz Cafe. The show is the first undertaken by the duo in more than 30 years, and marks the recent U.K. release of “Out Of The Shadows,” their new collaborative album.
2000 – Mick Jagger returns to Dartford Grammar School in southeast England to open an arts center named in his honor.
2000 – Eight previously unreleased live tracks from Ben Harper are made available for purchase via Liquid Audio at 150 online retailers. Seven of the tracks are for purchase only, but the eighth, alive version of “Nobody’s Fault” recorded in Australia, is distributed for free.
1998 – Eric Clapton’s first album of regular studio material since 1989 makes an auspicious debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. “Pilgrim” (Duck/Reprise) ties the opening position of 1992’s “Unplugged,” which went on to reach No. 1.
1992 – Backup singer Dyane Buckelew, wife of guitarist Rick Derringer, gives birth to the couple’s first daughter, Mallory Loving. The child is born in Georgetown, S.C.
1974 – “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones” opens as the first film with a quadraphonic soundtrack.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia,” Vicki Lawrence. Lawrence is probably best known as the look-alike to the star of “The Carol Burnett Show.” The song debuts at No. 100 on the Hot 100.
1968 – R&B star James Brown makes a national TV appeal for calm following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
1965 – Actor Robert Downey Jr. is born in New York, NY. Downey Jr. has penned more than 30 original songs, and his version of Charley Chaplin’s theme song, “Smile,” is included on the soundtrack to the film “Chaplin.”
1964 – The Beatles make music history by holding the top five places in the singles charts with: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.” The group also becomes the only to have three consecutive No. 1 songs (“Can’t Buy Me Love” took over the No. 1 spot from “She Loves You,” which succeeded “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”)
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “He’s So Fine,” The Chiffons. In 1976 the estate of songwriter Ronnie Mack wins a lawsuit against former Beatle George Harrison. A judge rules that Harrison subconsciously copied his No. 1 song “My Sweet Lord” from “He’s So Fine.”
1960 – Elvis Presley records “Are You Lonesome Tonight.”
1939 – Trumpeter Hugh Masekela is born in Wilbank, South Africa. His biggest pop hit is “Grazing in the Grass,” a No. 1 song for two weeks in 1968.
1928 – Writer/actor/dancer/singer Maya Angelou is born Margueritte Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Mo. She adopts the nickname Maya from the babytalk of her younger brother who called her either “My” or “Mine.”
1915 – Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) is born in Rolling Fork, Miss. The blues singer and guitarist is presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.